nuno felted scarves

multicolored pinwheels with loops

What is Nuno felting? In a nutshell, nuno felting, or laminate felting refers to felting wool on a loosely woven or sheer fabric together into one fabric, thus creating design and texture. Nuno felting is wet felting wool and fabric with water and soap by  rubbing with hand. It involves quite a bit of elbow grease in this process!

Wool fibers absorb moisture and have scales. During the felting process, the scales in the wool fibers open and migrate through the weave of the fabric.  Water and friction makes the wool fiber merge together to bound into one.  When the wool fibers shrink due to heat and agitation, the other fabric surrounding it shrink with them. The result is a light weight and beautiful finished piece of artwork.  Thanks to the revolutionary invention of Polly Stirling and Sachiko!

A collage below shows many of the nuno scarves made with fine merino, angora, silk yarns, threads, and other embellishments.

silk on wisps of merino & embellishment

colored pinwheels on weaves of angora yarn

loops and purple abstract design

abstract colors

pink, reds curliques

an display of freshly felted scarves

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